LIMA — Rachel Pfau was a little surprised when her water broke early on New Year’s Day — she was about six weeks early.
She was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center, where Pfau works as a registered nurse, and her son was born at 12:18 p.m., about four hours later. With a Feb. 10 due date, she and her husband Jason, hadn’t even decided on a name for their newborn son, their fourth child.
“We were thinking, maybe Aaron,” said Rachel Pfau, 35, of Miller City.
“Aaron’s my favorite one, my first choice,” said Jason Pfau, 36.
“He picked most of the names,” she said.
Their newborn boy, weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces, has an older brother, Dominic, 3, and two older sisters, Andrea, 6, and Grace, 7. Jason Pfau, who works as a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning technician, said their youngest isn’t the first to be born on a holiday. He called his daughter Andrea a turkey baby, because she was born on Thanksgiving Day.
The Pfau child was the first born in Lima, but not the first in the region.
In St. Marys, Chelsea Kinser also welcomed a little boy on New Year's Day, named Atticus. Like Pfau, her birth came a little early; Atticus was due Monday. Kinser was celebrating New Year’s Eve with her husband, Brandon, and two children, Mikayla, 7, and Cashis, 3.
“We were playing duck, duck, goose,” said Kinser, 23, of St. Marys. “Five minutes after the ball dropped, my water broke.”
And at 7:33 a.m. at Grand Lake Health System, Atticus was born. He weighed 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces. The Kinser’s spent the day getting Atticus acquainted with his grandparents and great-grandparents. Wrapped in a blue blanket and wearing a brown monkey cap, and he was subdued much of the day.
“He’s a lot calmer,” she said, when comparing his demeanor so far with her other two children.
“It’s great,” said Brandon Kinser, 30, with a smile.
“He’s more of a chill baby,” she said. “It’s a good thing.”